LibriVox recording of MR. SPACESHIP, by PHILIP K. DICK
Read by Phil Chenevert
The war with the Yucks from Proxima Centauri was claimed to be a stalemate but they were really winning. The mine belts they laid seemed to propagate themselves and were slowly strangling Terran planets. How did they do that? What was their secret? The answer was baffling and the best human minds could only conclude that their ships and mines were somehow alive. So, the next desperate step was to ask "If they are using organic ships, why can't we do the same?". Thus Mr. Spaceship was conceived and carried out. But will a conscious warship do what the generals wish? Perhaps and perhaps something entirely surprising! (Summary by Phil Chenevert)
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August 28, 2018 Subject:
One of Philip K's happier stories
I really enjoyed this one. If you look a bit more closely, you can see the beginnings of the concept of the God machine, which was taken to extremes in the Exegesis, and the actual novel, Valis, much later on.
Still, this entertaining little tale has something akin to a happy ending, or at least, the possibility of happiness, eventually, if all goes well.
April 16, 2015 Subject:
Mr. Spaceship, smater than the average… .
In this case the average military complex that produced him. While this is not PK Dicks best work it is a good example of his clear concise writing style. Couple that with the times and expectations in writing marketable Scifi by publishers and herw you are. Simple fun Scif.. Let's not forget Phil Chenevert and the womderful job his does in bringing classics alive!
August 9, 2012 Subject:
What if spaceships were sentient? And how would science go about making such a spaceship? PKD takes us on a fun ride exploring this perspective.
Reader was excellent.
July 7, 2012 Subject:
I enjoyed this short but satisfying science fiction story. It was read very well.